Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m shallow. I picked this book up purely for the cover. Enlarge the cover and look at the details and tell me you don’t love it, too! Add frost giants and Norse mythology, and I’m hooked.
Author: E. Latimer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Patchwork Press via NetGalley
Release date: August 2015
Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.
When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ragnarök, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.
Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.
Megan thought she was a normal girl until she accidently froze a guy with her kiss. Running away from her problems lands her in the frozen north of Canada. On her first day of school, she meets up with other girls so like herself that they could be related. If that isn’t strange enough, they all disappear on the same night. Not one to go quietly, Megan escapes her attackers, but soon finds herself caught between the two warring fractions of fire and ice. Megan must dig deeper in the mystery—and herself—and decide who to trust before all-out war destroys them all.
I have to admit, the beginning of the book dragged on a bit, nothing really happening for the first few chapters. Things only became interesting when Megan found herself kidnapped—twice—in one night. The world building began to take shape, and I was finally pulled into the story. I enjoyed the setting (I mean, ice palace anyone?) and the Norse mythology. The theory of genetic memory was fascinating. Unfortunately, Megan seemed very two dimensional. I wanted her to be more kick-ass, more in charge, but it never happened. Loki and Erik were both interesting characters, but the love triangle between the three of them never really worked for me. While there was some chemistry, I didn’t really feel any I’m-falling-in-love-with-you passion between the characters. Overall, I enjoyed the story, the concept was interesting enough for me to keep reading, I just wanted a bit more action and grittiness.